Service providers contemplate what Jindal's tax plan could mean for clients

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:57pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:34pm

If the legislature passes Governor Jindal’s proposed tax plan dozens of services people use every day like hair styling, tanning, nail services and tattoos could have a sales tax tacked on.

"I don't think that they would necessarily stop coming, it may just cut down on the frequency of their visits," Nicole Madonna Daigle, co-owner of Static Salon in Prairieville.

While law makers are busy pouring over the proposed bill, business owners, like Madonna Daigle, are worried about what it could mean for clients.

"Clients usually come once a month depending on what they're getting done, if it's cut or color and if it's going to cost them more, they may have to spread their appointments out and they may have to come every six weeks or every eight weeks," Madonna Daigle added.

But not every small business owner is opposed to the sales tax, Matt Livingston of Atomic Tattoo says if it helps the government raise money it's ok.

"It would be a great idea, especially if it would free up some income or if it would free up some budget for them to build government with," Livingston said.

He's not concerned about the tax hurting business. Tattoos are an investment he said, something people should be willing to pay a little extra for.

"By making it a little bit more expensive they would not necessarily jump on something that is so permanent so easily. Because a lot of times people don't consider whenever they buy a tattoo that it's something that's going to be with them forever," Livingston said.

Meanwhile service providers across the state are already thinking ahead.

"We want to keep the clients happy, we want them to continue to come in and continue to be happy. And I would hate for them to pay more for the same thing that they've already gotten," Madonna Daigle added.

When NBC33 spoke to Governor Jindal about his tax plan last week he mentioned this would allow taxpayers more freedom with when and where they pay their taxes.

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